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Nederland, Boulder County, Colorado, 80466, United States (39.96138 -105.51083)

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Name: Nederland topographic map, elevation, relief.
Coordinates: 39.95498 -105.52334 39.97532 -105.48418
Minimum elevation: 2,417 m
Maximum elevation: 2,983 m
Average elevation: 2,614 m


In 1873 the Caribou Mine, at an elevation of roughly 10,000 feet (3,000 m) and 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the town, was sold to the Mining Company Nederland from the Netherlands. The high elevation meant fierce winds and deep winter snow, so the new owners of the mine decided that it was beneficial to bring ore from Caribou down to Middle Boulder for milling. In the Dutch language, Nederland ("Netherlands" in English) means low land, and based on casual usage by the Dutch miners, Middle Boulder came to be known as Nederland. In 1874 the town was incorporated and adopted Nederland as the official name.

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